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Bert Hansen Educational Comics Collection. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:13434648 View CLIO record
Title:Bert Hansen Educational Comics Collection, 1941-2004
Physical description:1.25 Linear Feet (1 record carton)
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.  More information »

Arrangement

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Description

Scope and Content

While comic books have often been considered detrimental to learning, or literature for the illiterate, there is actually a long tradition of comics specifically created for pedagogical purposes. Some of the comic books included here had university professors on their advisory boards. For those interested in the less well-known history of comic books, or of educational literature for children, this collection makes a nice adjunct to the two boxes of uncataloged educational comics at the end of the Jonathan Zeitlin collection.

Series I: Eight Educational, Promotional, and Advocacy Comic Books (1972-ca. 2003)

Series II: Three Christian and Fundamentalist Comics (1976-1982)

Series III: Seven Early Issues of "True-Adventure" Comic Books (1941-1947)

Series IV: Seven Later Books (1977-2004)

Using characters from older comic books (some were promotional give-aways)

Series V: Thirty One Issues of Vidas Ilustres

Series VI: Three issue of Vidas Ilustres

That are not in the article by Boaz Adler (as not people in the STEM fields)

Series VII: Six Mexican Comics Other Than Vidas Ilustres

With heroes in the health professions

Series VIII: Ten Original Tijuana Bibles

[These little "8-pagers" are all stapled from the front except for Rex Morgan. It is not clear if any of these examples dates from the 1950s or if they are later replicas. All ten were flea-market purchases in the early 1990s]

Seris IX: Seven Modern Imprints about Tijuana Bibles

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Using the Collection

Offsite

Access Restrictions

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Bert Hansen Educational Comics Collection. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Comics--EducationalPortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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CartoonistsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
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Hansen, Bert, 1944-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Bert Hansen is a professor emeritus of history at Baruch College. He has been collecting graphics published in popular media for over thirty years, and has donated parts of his collection to Fordham University and Yale University. His book, Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio: A History of Mass Media Images and Popular Attitudes in America (Rutgers University Press, 2009), was honored with an award from the Popular Culture Association and named to the "2010 Best of the Best" for Public and Secondary School Libraries by the American Library Association.

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